Lectionary Selection: John 10:1-10
Prayers for Paraguay:
We give glory and praise to the God of open doors and abundant life for the Paraguayan people. Thank you, God, because we have witnessed your intervention with the indigenous communities, where you have been refuge, safety, and salvation. Thank you for the believing people who hold this Ministry where we can reach a town that needs medical care, support, and food security. Give us your understanding so that the daily journey is one that blesses and cares for this land and this people. Protect them from thieves and evil-doers who harm, hurt, and corrupt in pursuit of their own interests. Provide this beloved people their daily bread and may they experience your peace. Amen.
The United Board of Missions is located in the Chaco Province of Argentina, and makes up a part of the ecumenical movement formed by Christian churches. The United Board of Missions, which Global Ministries has related to for many decades, has been accompanying, advising, and supporting indigenous communities in rural Chaco Province, northern Argentina for over 50 years.Read more
Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. John 9:16
The Loaves and Fishes Dining Room is the meeting place every Saturday in the Disciples of Christ Church in Luque, Paraguay near the Asuncion airport. The church opens its dining room to welcome 50-70 children and adolescents to serve them with joy and excitement. It is a low-income community, with dusty unpaved or muddy roads, where the courtyard of the church experiences the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fishes.Read more
Alma Charlotte Schneider
February 17, 1918 – August 6, 2016
“Entonces tomó los cinco panes y los dos peces, y levantando los ojos al cielo, bendijo, y partió los panes, y dio a sus discípulos para que los pusiesen delante; y repartió los dos peces entre todos.” Marcos 6:41Read more
Evangelical Congregational Church of Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Delia Giovanola de Califano has yet to meet her long-lost grandson, who lives abroad
Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo did not even exist when Delia Giovanola de Califano took to the streets to look for her son and daughter-in-law.
Sometimes, she took her three-year-old granddaughter to Plaza de Mayo and yesterday, 39 years later, Delia had a reason to celebrate: she found Martín, the baby born in a clandestine detention centre in December 1976 and snatched from his mother.
“The same day he recovered his identity, he said he wanted to talk to me,” Delia, an 89-year-old member of Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, said yesterday at the organization’s headquarters in Buenos Aires City.Read more
September 21, 2012
In almost all of the churches in Argentina and Paraguay, communion is celebrated every Sunday. The churches are intimate enough that everyone comes forward to circle around the altar and we pass the bread and cup around the circle. For the bread, we wait until everyone has been served to eat all together. However, sometimes we remain seated, as you'll see in certain pictures. There is a real sense of welcome to the communion table, and a thorough-going spirit of belonging which I have found quite moving. Also, we sing as we approach the altar, and we also sing both while we are passing the bread and while we are passing the cup. There is a very festive component to communion here, lifting up our hearts in praise to God every time we approach the table.Read more